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Six guests from around the U.S. met in Corsica to celebrate a milestone birthday. We cannot wait to go back! We selected U Castellu because of its location and the generous amenities at the villa. The week was spent swimming, shopping for local ingredients for our meals, hiking, walking, talking, and enjoying fine Corsican wines. The sunsets were memorable, and the villa is clean and full of every modern convenience needed to make for a perfect vacation. Our questions were answered by owner Adele prior to our arrival so that our stay was comfortable and inspiring. We ate at several local restaurants and enjoyed fresh seafood every day. I suggest side trips to Bonifacio (ancient walled city) and Bastia, as well as Napolean's home in Ajaccio. The entire island is rich with history and beautiful people who welcomed us.
A really great place to stay. We were a family of four and the size was right for us. I think with more, especially 6 adults, it would feel cramped. The kitchen was fully tooled with all we needed, and as we ate outside on the terrace mot of the time we never really needed to use the living/dining area inside. Both bedrooms upstairs were good-sized, plenty of storage space for clothes and empty cases. The separate toilet and bathroom were also more than fine for us.
The only downside was, with temperatures over 30 degrees each day, the house heated up to the point of almost being unbearable in the evenings. Yes, you can open the windows to let the cooler evening air flow through, but then you also invite the mosquitos in...of which there were plenty. So, be sure to bring anti-mosquito spray.
Overall, a really great house. I would recommend to the owners to either install some air conditioning units or put anti-mosquito nets over the bedroom windows.
Verghia is a small place. Really small. The little beach at the bottom of the hill from the house is great - it's not a 'sandy' beach but it's not pebbles either, I would describe it as either really big grains of sand or really small tones!! It is within walking distance from the house, but I would recommend driving if you have children or are fearful of the wild driving of the locals! But there really isn't much there apart from a pizza place (pretty good) and the Le Roc 72 bar/restaurant (overpriced - 22 euro for a burger?!). The nearest supermarket is a Spar on the way to Porticcio at Agosta Plage.
If you take the house, definitely hire a car as you'll need to drive elsewhere to find more signs of life. Porticcio (15 minutes) has a strip of beachfront restaurants and bars, or there's Ajaccio (30-40 minutes) which has loads more to offer.
We will definitely go back to Corsica, and even to that area - as we really liked Ajaccio and also the places further south (Propriano, Tizzano, Bonifacio, Campomoro, etc.) - but we probably wouldn't stay in Verghia again!